FIRE SAFETY IN GLOUCESTER SCHOOLS FROM CHIEF ERIC L. SMITH

Gloucester Fire and School Departments Launch Community Education Project

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Gloucester Fire Chief Eric L. Smith and School Superintendent Richard Safier announced they are teaming up to provide fire safety education to elementary, middle and high school students. Chief Smith said, “In light of the recent tragic fires in Gloucester, we want to educate the students on how to prevent fires and how to survive those that do occur.” He added, “By bringing information home to grown-ups on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and making and practicing home escape plans, we hope to increase the safety of Gloucester’s residents.”

Superintendent Safier said, “This is an excellent partnership as we want students to come to school healthy and ready to learn. Fire safety is part of the objectives of the Health Curriculum. We especially want our high school students to be ready to enter the world of adults able to practice good fire prevention.”

Gloucester firefighters will be delivering age-appropriate presentations in the elementary, middle and high school on key fire prevention and survival topics. It will conclude with every student being asked to develop a home escape plan. The elementary school with the most completed home escape plans will get visit to their school from the Gloucester Fire Department and they may join them for lunch in their cafeteria.  At the high school and middle school a raffle will be held for students to win prizes that have been graciously donated by local businesses and dinner with firefighters at the fire house.

In Massachusetts, the Student Awareness of Fire Education Program has been in place for 18 years and in that time the average number of child fire deaths has dropped by 70%. Gloucester has participated in the S.A.F.E. Program in the past, and expects to apply for a grant next fiscal year to support and expand its fire education program.

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These programs will be provided on the following schedule:

May 30th

O’Maley               Two sessions: 8:20 and 9:00 am

GHS                       9:45 am

June 7th

Plum Cove          8:50 – 9:20 am                    (15 min travel to Beeman)

Beeman               9:45 – 10:15 am                  (20 Min travel to EGS)

EGS                        10:40 – 11:10       am                         (Lunch break)

Vets                       1:00 – 1:30 am                    (20 min travel to WP)

WP                         1:50 – 2:20 am

Best regards,

Eric L. Smith, Fire Chief

City of Gloucester Fire Department

2 comments

  • This is great!

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  • I’ve had more than one conversation with Chief Smith. I am impressed and really glad to see him on board. There will be ups and downs, natural to the administrative position, such as budgets, personel, and facilities, but I feel he is in the right place at this time. I also feel his family will be good citizens for Gloucester and Cape Ann. Congrats to his son, Eric, who was just appointed to the Manchester squad as a professional firefighter. Cheers, Bob

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